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Happy March, readers! Winter still clings, but our shelves are blooming with beautiful books (including a little thing called The Ogress and the Orphans, the highly anticipated new novel from Kelly Barnhill, author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon—maybe you've heard of it? 😆)

Scroll on to learn all about the new stories, giveaways, and other fun things happening at Algonquin Young Readers this month.
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The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal–winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, hits shelves on March 8. This new instant-classic fantasy looks at the power of generosity and love, and how a community suffers when they disappear. It's the exact book we all need right now and feels like a warm blanket wrapped around your heart.

Preorder your copy today!

⭐ “As exquisite as it is moving.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
⭐ “The reader is immediately tossed into this fantasy . . . The Mayor is a fantastic (though loathsome) villain, oozing charisma and evil in equal measures . . . It is fortunate that [Barnhill's] tinkering with fairy tales and fables helped open a path to this novel that champions kindness in a very dark world.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
⭐ “Barnhill’s gift for storytelling immediately draws readers into this character-driven tale where dragons lurk, crows prove great friends, and an unusual narrator relays events with a unique perspective. These fairy-tale trappings cloak modern lessons and timeless ideals that readers will do well to take to heart, no matter their age.”Booklist (starred review)
⭐ “Newbery medalist Barnhill incorporates ancient stories, crow linguistics, and a history of dragonkind into an ambitious, fantastical sociopolitical allegory that asks keen questions about the nature of time, the import of community care, and what makes a neighbor.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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The Counterclockwise Heart is a layered, gripping story of the power of kindness, the danger of believing without questioning, and what we lose when we fear the Other. Stonewall Honor author Brian Farrey gathers classic fairy-tale elements like the brave prince, the arrogant mage, the mysterious prophecy, and the growing threat of war, and remixes them into a story that’s fresh and engaging (and low-key terrifying).

“A pleasing mix of fantasy and mystery with compassion at its (ticking) heart.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Full of drama, twists and turns, and poignant points of view, the novel's storylines converge into an unforgettable ending.”Booklist

Start reading this epic middle-grade fantasy now!

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Perfect for World Water Day on 3/22! 🚰
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Veteran STEM author Nancy F. Castaldo turns her prodigious talents toward tackling what may be THE defining crisis of the twenty-first century.

When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis looks at the biggest threats to water access, using modern-day, ongoing, real-life examples—from lead pipes in Michigan and New Jersey to pharmaceutical contamination in Australia to droughts in South Africa and much more. Castaldo weaves a narrative that is engaging and informative for young readers, all directed toward the Big Question: What do we do?

“This is the book to read if you want to go from depressed to fired-up and ready for action."Audubon

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Now in paperback!
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The Pura Belpré Award–winning young adult novel that Reese Witherspoon said will “set your dreams on fire” is now in paperback! Filled with heart-soaring romance and breathless action on the pitch, Furia is the story of an Argentine girl’s journey to make her life her own.

And don't forget to keep an eye on our Instagram, where we'll be giving away copies of Furia with themed swag!
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